Have you ever read that one book that kept you guessing about what was really going on and then at the end it takes you off guard? This was what the perks of being a wallflower written by Stephen Chbosky did to me. I loved reading this novel and had an interest to do so back when it became a movie. I did read the book first which I find is always a plus. Like most storylines, more is covered in the book then in the movie. However I did find that the movie was filmed in a way that it gave clarification on things that were not very clear to the reader from the book. (At least that’s my opinion.) With that in mind, I would have to say this is the first time that a book and a movie worked together to help the understanding of the storyline.
This story was about a teenage boy whose first year of high school becomes a memorable and emotional year. This awkward young man named Charlie meets a brother and sister, Patrick and Sam who have taken him in their group and welcomed him even though they were seniors. With the book written as letters to a friend he has never met, you read it as though you are that friend that he has opened up to and painted every detail of confusion, pain, and good times. As you read you soon find that Charlie is not completely together at times and you start to wonder what the deal is. Is it not getting over the death of a beloved Aunt Helen? You see that may have a big part to play but why so much?
We all might have known a Charlie back in school and at the time we didn’t know it. Adolescent years are hard enough for any student, but to add life situations that are out of our control, then you could have one messed up teen. Charlie goes through all the emotions and ups and downs that every other freshman goes through. The first date, the close friends, and the wanting to break up with that one person he really did not feel the same way about, yet seeing the girl he does care about every day with someone else.
If you have not read this book yet then I say go for it. Then watch the movie to see if it helps you to understand those things that I felt were never answered in the book. I don’t believe you will be sorry.